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Essentials of Children's Literature / Edition 6

Essentials of Children's Literature / Edition 6

by Carol Lynch-Brown, Carl M. Tomlinson


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The sixth edition Essentials of Children's Literature offers a concise, straightforward presentation of children's literature that engages students and motivates them to share literature with children.

Written with a comprehensive, “facts-only” approach, this lucid resource offers an abundance of examples to illustrate how to use children's literature in the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205520329
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 07/03/2007
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Carl M. Tomlinson taught graduate and undergraduate courses in children’s literature and language arts at Northern Illinois University. As an elementary school teacher, he packed his classroom with good children’s books and read aloud to his students every day. His research interests are literature-based reading and international children’s literature. In addition to Essentials of Young Adult Literature, he has co-authored Essentials of Children’s Literature (Allyn and Bacon) and is the editor of Children’s Books from Other Countries (Scarecrow/USBBY).

Carol Lynch-Brown taught graduate and undergraduate courses in children’s and young adult literature, reading, and language arts education at Florida State University. She was a teacher in elementary school, grades 1, 2, and 4, and in middle school, grades 6 to 8, in St. Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools. She also taught English to young adults in French public schools. Literature was the foundation of her instruction in all these classroom situations. She is currently raising a teenaged grandson and seeing, once again, the benefits of literature in a young person’s life.

Kathy G. Short is a professor in Language, Reading, and Culture at the University of Arizona and was an elementary grade school teacher in Indiana. Her books include Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers, Literature as a Way of Knowing, and Stories Matter: The Complexity of Cultural Authenticity. She is president of USBBY and the director of Worlds of Words,, an initiative to encourage the use of literature to explore global cultures.

Table of Contents

Excellent Books to Read Aloudxvii
Notable Authors and Illustratorsxviii
Using Literature across the Curriculumxviii
Part IChildren and Literature1
1Learning about Children and Their Literature2
Definition of Children's Literature3
The Personal Value of Literature to Children4
Imagination and Inspiration4
Vicarious Experience4
Understanding and Empathy5
Moral Reasoning5
Literary and Artistic Preferences5
The Academic Value of Literature to Children6
Content Area Subjects8
Art Appreciation9
Approaches to Studying and Interpreting Literature10
Choosing Books for Children10
Know the Child11
Know the Books11
Know the Reading Process12
Consider the Mode of Delivery13
Reliable Sources for Book Titles13
Literature for the Developing Child16
Ages 0 to 216
Ages 2 to 416
Ages 4 to 717
Ages 7 to 917
Ages 9 to 1218
Children's Reading Preferences19
Children's Reading Interests19
Trends in Children's Literature21
2Learning about Books24
Elements of Fiction25
Visual Elements31
Artistic Styles33
Artistic Media34
Book Format35
Balance and Variety in Book Selections37
Part IICategories of Literature41
3Poetry and Plays43
Section 1Poetry44
Definition and Description44
Types of Poetry Books44
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Books45
Nursery and Folk Songbooks45
Anthologies of Poetry45
Specialized Poetry Books45
Single Illustrated Poems46
Elements of Poetry46
Evaluation and Selection of Poetry48
Children's Poetry Preferences49
Historical Overview of Poetry50
Poetry Types and Forms52
Poetry in the Classroom56
Students' Listening to and Saying Poems56
Students' Reading and Writing Poems59
Section 2Plays61
Definition and Description61
Evaluation and Selection of Plays62
Historical Overview of Plays64
Types of Plays65
Recommended Poetry Books68
Recommended Books of Plays72
4Picture Books75
Definition and Description76
Evaluation and Selection of Picture Books76
Observing the Role of Illustrations in Picture Books77
Historical Overview of Picture Books78
Types of Picture Books80
Baby Books80
Interactive Books81
Toy Books81
Wordless Books81
Alphabet Books81
Counting Books82
Concept Books82
Pattern Books82
Picture Storybooks83
Easy-to-Read Books83
Picture Books for Older Readers83
Graphic Novels84
Transitional Books84
Recommended Picture Books87
5Traditional Literature98
Definition and Description99
Evaluation and Selection of Traditional Literature99
Historical Overview of Traditional Literature100
Types of Traditional Literature101
Legends and Tall Tales103
Religious Stories104
Recommended Traditional Literature107
6Modern Fantasy115
Definition and Description116
Evaluation and Selection of Modern Fantasy116
Historical Overview of Modern Fantasy117
Types of Modern Fantasy119
Modern Folktales120
Animal Fantasy120
Personified Toys and Objects121
Unusual Characters and Strange Situations121
Worlds of Little People121
Supernatural Events and Mystery Fantasy122
Historical Fantasy122
Quest Stories122
Science Fiction and Science Fantasy123
Recommended Modern Fantasy Books125
7Realistic Fiction130
Definition and Description131
Evaluation and Selection of Realistic Fiction131
Historical Overview of Realistic Fiction132
Types of Realistic Fiction135
Special Challenges136
Cultural Diversity136
Moral Choices137
Romance and Sexuality137
Rites of Passage137
Adventure and Survival138
Recommended Realistic Fiction Books138
8Historical Fiction146
Definition and Description147
Evaluation and Selection of Historical Fiction147
Early Books and Trends in Historical Fiction149
Topics in Historical Fiction150
Themes in Historical Fiction150
Periods of History in Fiction150
Recommended Historical Fiction Books156
9Nonfiction: Biography and Informational Books163
Definition and Description164
Elements of Nonfiction164
Reading Nonfiction165
Formats of Nonfiction Books167
Evaluation and Selection of Nonfiction167
Historical Overview of Nonfiction169
Types of Biographies171
Authentic Biography171
Fictionalized Biography171
Biographical Fiction171
Topics of Informational Books172
Biological Science172
Physical Science173
Social Science173
Applied Science173
Recommended Nonfiction Books175
10Multicultural and International Literature184
Section 1Multicultural Literature185
Definition and Description185
Values of Multicultural Literature for Children185
Evaluation and Selection of Multicultural Literature186
Historical Overview of Multicultural Literature188
Types of Multicultural Literature190
African-American Literature190
Asian-American Literature192
Jewish Literature193
Latino Literature193
Native-American Literature194
Section 2International Literature195
Definition and Description195
Values of International Literature for Children195
Evaluation and Selection of International Literature196
Historical Overview of International Literature198
International Books by World Regions200
Recommended Multicultural Books203
Recommended International Books211
Part IIILiterature in the School217
11Planning the Curriculum218
Defining the Literature Curriculum219
Organizing the Literature Curriculum219
Author or Illustrator219
Literary Element and Device220
Notable Book221
Theme or Topic221
Developing the Literature Curriculum222
Designing a Classroom Environment222
Building a Classroom Library Collection223
Outlining a Yearlong Literature Curriculum224
Fleshing Out the Units of Study227
Literature in the Reading Program230
Basal Reading Program Supplemented by Children's Literature231
Literature-Based Reading232
Evaluating the Literature Program234
Observation and Assessment of Student Learning234
Observation and Assessment of Teacher Effectiveness236
Implementing a Schoolwide Curriculum in Literature239
The Library Media Center240
Book Clubs240
Parent Involvement241
Guest Authors and Illustrators241
Local Public Library242
Censorship, Selection, and First Amendment Rights242
Dealing with Censorship Attempts243
Teaching the First Amendment244
12Developing Teaching Strategies249
Experiencing Literature250
Reading Aloud by Teachers250
Silent Reading by Students252
Shared Reading255
Literature across the Curriculum256
Audiotapes, Videotapes, and CD-ROM Storybooks258
Responding to Literature259
Book Discussions259
Creative Drama261
Readers' Theatre262
Story Tellings and Retellings265
Written Expression266
Literary Works as Writing Models266
Traditional Book Reports268
Pictures and Collages270
Roller Movies271
Dioramas and Displays272
Books and Big Books272
Newspapers and Newsletters273
Time Lines, Maps, Diagrams, and Charts273
Bulletin Boards274
Appendix AChildren's Book Awards277
Appendix BProfessional Resources315
Appendix CChildren's Magazines324
Appendix DShort Story Collections327
Appendix ETransitional Books330
Credits and Acknowledgments333
Index to Children's Books and Authors335
Subject Index377

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